Capnocytophaga canimorsus: A Case Report and Review of the Literature Meningitis in an Immunocompetent Woman: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

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Abstract

Capnocytophaga canimorsus is a fastidious, capnophilic, thin gram-negative rod that may cause zoonotic infections when patients are exposed to the oral flora of dogs, and rarely, cats. It can present as cellulitis, or less commonly, meningitis, but is particularly known to cause florid sepsis in immunocompromised hosts, most commonly asplenics, those with hematologic malignancies, or alcohol abusers. We report the case of a 70-year-old immunocompetent woman who presented with altered mental status and was diagnosed with C. canimorsus meningitis.

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